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Martin House calls for support in Hospice Care Week

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Martin House is calling for public support this Hospice Care Week as it provides care to babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

Hospice Care Week, from 5th to 11th October, aims to highlight the work of hospices around the UK, as they provide palliative care to thousands of people.

Clair Holdsworth, interim chief executive, said: “During Hospice Care Week we throw a spotlight on what it takes to run the specialist service we provide to families across Yorkshire.

“Every year it takes an army of people, but due to the pandemic it now takes so much more, as we now need extra PPE to safely care for children and protect our staff.

“While we’ve been lucky to receive some generous donations of items like masks and scrubs, this is still an extra cost we have to bear, at a time when it’s harder than ever to raise the money we need.”

Each month the hospice uses around 2,000 surgical masks and more than 300 Hazmat suits, as well as more specialist protective masks to do procedures like ventilation and cough assistance.

Martin House cares for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire, including providing respite stays, emergency care, end of life care and bereavement support.

It costs nearly £9 million a year to run Martin House, and the hospice relies on fundraising and voluntary income for nearly 90 per cent of that figure. Due to Covid-19, it expects to lose £2.2 million in voluntary income in the current financial year.

Clair added: “It still takes a huge amount of money to provide the kind of specialist care children and young people need. The truth is, we can’t run Martin House without the support of our communities, and Hospice Care Week gives us the chance to remind people of how vital our service is, and what it takes to keep going.

“This includes all the specialists that make up our care team, the fundraisers who bring in the money, and the staff and volunteers who support us to make sure Martin House can run smoothly.”

To find out more about Martin House and how you can support its work, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk.

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